McConnell, No. 2 Wildcats escape UNLV, 63-58

Jason Barr

McConnell, No. 2 Wildcats escape UNLV, 63-58

CREATED Dec. 6, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds, making critical plays down the stretch, and No. 2 Arizona escaped with a 63-58 victory over UNLV on Saturday.

Brandon Ashley also had 13 points, and Nick Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski added 12 apiece for the Wildcats. However, Johnson shot just 4 for 15.

Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 16 points, Khem Birch had 12 and Roscoe Smith 10 for the Rebels (3-4) in their first road game of the season.

The Wildcats (9-0) have a shot at moving to the top of the rankings after No. 1 Michigan State lost to North Carolina.

But they were challenged all day by UNLV in a game that had 18 lead changes and neither team led by more than six.

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